The New York Times has dropped free links into its archives, ____ _____ reported. This is bad news. The Times has been charging for searching and retrieving articles from its archives for some time, but seemingly always allowed direct links to persist to the free retrieval of an old article.From looking at articles I've written for the Times, I can see that articles before February 2001 still work. In articles I wrote starting in November 2001, the links turn into abstracts with a link to pay $2.95 per article. I've experienced many link breakages before, but never this wholesale pullback.